Republican Party Fearful Of Upcoming Election

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( – Republican lawmakers are trying to be more disciplined as they head into the next election cycle as they are unsure of the effects of certain behaviors within the party which lead to self-inflicted wounds.

Leading Republicans believe that the response by members of the House GOP during President Biden’s State of the Union address only assisted Biden while he was referring to Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) plan which would require all federal legislation to sunset every five years.

Republicans on Capitol Hill were also widely shocked that Scott has not yet disavowed his 12-point plan to “Rescue America,” despite how often it has been slammed by Democrats. This plan would have a direct effect on Medicare and Social Security, which the Democrats have weaponized against the GOP>

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has also called for annual votes on Medicare and Social Security, which he had referred to as “a legal Ponzi scheme.” However, Johnson has claimed that the call for the vote does not mean that he wants to see the programs cut.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), also joined the discourse stating that Republicans needed to be smarter about how they talked about these key issues. Other members of the Republican party have also urged for caution when talking about Social Security.

Despite Biden’s approval rates in the low forties, the Democrats managed to win an extra seat in the Senate while only losing their House majority by a very narrow margin in the 2022 midterm elections. Many Republicans believe that the Democrats managed to have such a strong performance because of mistakes the GOP made and not because their messaging and agenda were popular.


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